Krista Ford Haynes, daughter of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, is going to make for some interesting Thanksgiving Dinner family conversation.
On Tuesday, Krista issued another dire warning against governments forcing vaccine passports, urging people to “collectively wake up” and not be obedient and unquestioning.
The following day, her father, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, launched COVID-19 vaccine passports, forcing people to choose between taking the jab, or losing many of their most basic freedoms. He claimed the passports are temporary.
Sure, they are. And 14 days would flatten the curve. No government relinquishes control it grabs. When COVID eventually passes, the newly established government powers will be turned elsewhere.
Daughter champions freedoms, daddy seizes them. Some who despise Premier Dad’s authoritarian decrees say the wrong family member heads Ontario.
Ford family get-togethers can’t be fun. Hopefully, they’re amicable. That’s not always the case.
Polarizing COVID-19 views about forced-masking, lockdowns, vaccines, and mandatory vaccine passports are dividing and destroying families and friendships.
Screaming matches and brawls over masks and social distancing aren’t confined to the aisles of Walmart among strangers.
Loved ones nearly, or maybe do, come to blows at dinner tables before the soup gets cold. That only happens when the government permits them to visit in between intermittent lockdowns.
Everyone’s ready to fall on their swords, convinced that their side — whichever it is — is solely righteous and right.
Haynes, 30, is an anti-vax crusader. Insults are hurled at her. The indignant demand she is reported. She’s been called “ignorant.” She makes people’s “blood boil.”
The feisty Haynes won’t back down from views some declare extreme.
Haynes, with thousands of followers, delivered her latest message in a video posted to Instagram after the federal election.
“Good morning, everyone. Happy Tuesday. As we could have all expected, the Liberal government won last night with a minority government,” said Haynes.
The Liberals will carry on “stripping our freedoms away one day at a time,” she said.
Haynes has long warned that forced masking was a steppingstone to vaccine passports. She was mocked. Few are laughing now.
Now Haynes warns vaccine passports are a steppingstone to more controls and lost freedoms.
“When I posted in May or June of last year about the upcoming mask mandates and not to comply, this is why I wanted people, urged people, not to comply,” she said.
“We found out right away that masks weren’t very effective at all based on how people were wearing and revising them, and it actually could have made things a lot worse for some people and are making things a lot worse for certain age groups today.”
“That was one, but we complied, we complied. We could have put our foot down collectively, and we didn’t.”
So, the worst of it has arrived?
“You think it’s just going to be movie theatres, restaurants, gyms. That’s the first step. The first step. They’re going to take it all. They’re going to take it all and we’ve allowed it.”
Australians wore their masks and obeyed ‘temporary’ lockdown orders. The former penal colony turned into one of the freest countries, has become an effective police state. Citizens face the most extreme lockdowns globally. Wednesday, police fired rubber bullets into a crowd of 400 unarmed and peaceful protestors against severe lockdowns and vaccine passports.
Chaos erupts around the world. People fear pandemic “mandates” have morphed into a sinister grab for complete control over their lives to advance ever-greater government control.
Many are losing their jobs for no good reason.
Citizens are enraged their children suffer abuse, being forced to wear masks with little proof they effectively prevent transmission of COVID.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended emergency use authorization of Pfizer’s booster (third) shot six months after full immunization for the elderly and high-risk. It rejected an application to approve booster shots for all Americans 16 and older. They’ll circle back to that.
Haynes urged people to ask questions, discuss, research. She, like others who advocate this, are ridiculed, attacked, discredited, even fired.
Their critics just want everyone to comply with the latest orders and shut up.
Fear, anger and distrust over this curse called COVID-19 prevail. There’s little common ground.
Doctors who question the official doctrine are dismissed, shamed, and now, being fired in some cases.
Asking questions is a good thing. Blindly complying isn’t.
Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard